Dear Readers,

There’s so much to cherish about the holiday season. As love fills every home with cozy joy, it’s a time for warm spices, singing songs, and crisp, clean winter air. Even though this Christmas may be a little different than usual, gift giving is still something I can do to spread love and express my gratitude to those I care about.  And given that I write for a living, it probably comes as no surprise that some of my favorite gifts to give are books!  Each of the books in this issue, including one from yours truly, are wonderful holiday stories filled with yuletide traditions and decorations, country flair, warm baked goods, holiday pageants, and of course, a little bit of Texas! Whether you wrap one up for someone’s stocking or you give yourself the gift of these stories, I hope they will help you connect with the comfort and joy of the season.

Be sure to head on over to too for more bookish fun, and look for my next round of recommendations in the magazine’s spring issue! More Down Home Reads are on the way, so don’t go far, y’all!


Happy Reading,


Jodi Thomas

Jodi's Current Book Selections

The Lone Star State doesn't have to be lonely…This holiday-themed Western historical romance collection features three stories of romance and adventure set in Texas just after the Civil War. The battle is over, Christmas is coming—and it's time for three rugged cowboys to hang up their spurs and settle down.

Culinary mystery author Joanne Fluke cooks up the most delicious gift of all: a recipe-filled holiday caper featuring Hannah Swensen, Lake Eden, Minnesota’s favorite baker and sleuth. This cozy mystery includes more than 12 original recipes, including one for White Chocolate Eggnog Cupcakes contributed by KraftHeinz’s My Food and Family! You can find more of their tasty recipes at

Brimming with mistletoe magic and unexpected romance, this timely story about a small business owner competing against an online retail goliath during the holiday season is sure to warm your heart.

Against a backdrop of vibrant evergreen trees, New York Times bestselling author Janet Dailey will charm you with this sparkling romance between a former rodeo star and an up-and-coming Country Western singer in the perfect all-American holiday read from America’s First Lady of Romance!

Three bestselling authors. Three stories of holiday romance. And three cowboys who are ready for love—whether they know it yet or not! This Christmas anthology headlined by bestselling author Diana Palmer is proof that this holiday season, the best kind of trouble comes in threes.

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